Ohio State suspends Carlos Hyde for at least first 3 games

Carlos Hyde

News that Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde wouldn’t be charged in an assault case is a positive development for the Buckeyes. But on Tuesday night, Urban Meyer announced that Hyde still will face consequences.

“Carlos Hyde will be suspended for at least the first three games of the 2013 season for conduct not representative of this football program or this university,” Meyer said in a statement. “He will be required to fulfill additional obligations before he is allowed to play in a game.”

[ AP: Police: Ohio State back’s case officially closed ]

Hyde isn’t Archie Griffin. But he’s the Buckeyes’ top back, a bruising runner who is capable of notching a 1,000-yard season. Hyde came within 30 yards of becoming the first running back under Urban Meyer ever to rush for 1,000 yards in a season, finishing 2012 with 970 yards rushing.

Still, the Buckeyes should be OK without Hyde, as the first three games are at home vs. Buffalo and San Diego State before a trip to rebuilding Cal. With Hyde on the sidelines, Ohio State will turn to Rod Smith, Bri’onte Dunn and Warren Ball, who should be more than capable. And incoming freshman Ezekiel Elliott arrives in Columbus with a fat scrapbook.

View Hyde’s career rushing numbers:

Year Team G Rush Yds Yd/Rush TDs Rec Yds Yd/Rec TDs
2010 OhioSt 7 24 141 5.9 0 0 0 0
2011 OhioSt 13 106 566 5.3 6 10 73 7.3 0
2012 OhioSt 10 185 970 5.2 16 8 51 6.4 1
Career 30 315 1677 5.3 22 18 124 6.9 1


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Logan Versele on 7/30/2013 @ 10:12pm EDT Said:

3 games is a joke! watch the video. the girls is 90 lbs soaking wet, her knees were wobbly after he hit her. looked like it could have been a punch as much as a slap…. “zero tolerance” for violence against women urban?

Logan Versele on 7/30/2013 @ 10:12pm EDT Said:

“girl is”

jillymo on 7/30/2013 @ 10:26pm EDT Said:

I get so tired of stupid-arse Football players getting so pumped up by the media that they think they can get away with anything. As much as it could hurt my buckeyes I’m to the point where I think it should be a 1 offense rule. If you go out and do anything that is unbecoming to OSU as a respected institution of higher education …. then you’re off the team. A couple of season of these consequences, then perhaps the stupid ass, ego-maniac behavior of some of these players will cease!

doug moore on 7/31/2013 @ 5:00pm EDT Said:

This is “Urban Genius”..he placates society..protects Carlos from injury..gets him back for a tune-up game before the B1G schedule begins..TOUGH COACH..FRESH LEGS..GREAT TIMING! Can’t wait for the NC game.. go B1G!